Keynote remarks by Vietnam War veteran Marvin Grimm will be just one part of the 2017 Bulloch County Memorial Day Remembrance, hosted by American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90, 11 a.m. Monday in the Emma Kelly Theater on East Main Street.
Jack Kindig and His Music Messengers will perform beginning at 10:30 a.m. This musical preliminary, like the main program, is free and open to everyone.
Clifford Holt, a veteran who served as a Navy commander, will be master of ceremonies. American Legion Post 90 Commander Charles “Skip” Campbell will give the welcome, and other veterans and local officials, including a representative of the Averitt Center for the Arts, which owns the theater, will have parts in the program.
It includes Memorial Day readings, such as Bulloch County Probate Court Judge Lorna DeLoach reciting “True Heroes Never Die” and Barbara Thames, who served in the Army, delivering “In Memoriam.”
The intoning of names of Bulloch County residents who gave all, from a “Blue and Gray” remembrance of the Civil War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is an annual part of the ceremony. This year, Sheriff Noel Brown and Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead, both new in their roles, are slated to intone the names from World War II. State Sen. Jack Hill is another of the readers.
Grimm treated wounded Marines as a Navy hospital corpsman in Vietnam and was wounded himself, receiving two Purple Heart medals. He plans to speak on the American flag, the respect it is due, the sacrifices it represents, and how heroes walk among us.
As is traditional, the audience sings “God Bless America” before the sounding of Taps, to be played this year by young Enrico Soriano.